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Ponant Luxury and Expedition Cruises

Ponant offers a truly intimate cruising experience with the most exciting and diverse cruise collection on board a fleet of modern, sophisticated megayachts, ice-strengthened and designed to take you to the furthest reaches of the world in style and luxury. Ponant's innovative expedition cruises offer the opportunity to discover an array of fascinating destinations without sacrificing the luxury which is the signature of Ponant Cruises. Follow in the wake of great explorers on an expedition to the polar regions of Antarctica and the Arctic, and discover hidden gems off the beaten track including the unspoiled Russian Far East and the mythical Northeast Passage. Tropical expedition cruises feature Central America’s Darien National Park with its amazing wildlife, the distant lands of the Kimberley and the exotic spice islands of the Indian Ocean.

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The company’s twelve luxurious ships have the atmosphere of a private yacht and serve delicious French cuisine in a choice of superb restaurants. There is an Open Bar on every itinerary meaning you can enjoy unlimited complimentary drinks from the moment you step on board. On expedition cruises excursions in Zodiac dinghies with expert guides allow guests to discover the hidden treasures of little-known regions of the world with priceless encounters with ancient tribes and remote ethnic groups.

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  • Pearls of the Caribbean

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    Bequia 8 Nights Cruise Only from £3630pp Save up to 10%! Fort-de-France, Port Elizabeth (Bequia Island), Saint George's (Grenada), Mayreau Island, Tobago Cays, Bridgetown (Barbados), Pigeon Island Beach - Soufriere, Les Saintes, Fort-de-France

    Soak up the warm Caribbean sunshine on this 8-night cruise from Fort-de-France

  • Shetland, Orkney & Hebrides

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    Le Bellot
    Portree, Isle Of Skye 7 Nights Cruise Only from £4430pp Save 10% plus exclusive Blue Water £50pp discount! Glasgow, Fort William, Portree, Isle of Skye, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, Stromness, Lerwick, Shetland Islands, Rosyth

    Departing from Edinburgh, city of history and labelled city of literature by UNESCO, sail into the heart of Celtic shores, lands of magic and legends, to the magnificent Scottish archipelagos of Shetland Islands, Orkney Islands and Hebrides Islands.

  • Essential Seychelles

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    Le Champlain
    Praslin 8 Nights Cruise Only from £4550pp Save up to 20% plus receive £700 flight credit on selected dates! Mahe (Seychelles), Sainte Anne Marine National Park, Desroches Island, Curieuse Island, Aride Island, Grande Soeur, Praslin Island, La Digue, Mahe

    Enjoy a glimpse of paradise on this brand new luxury expedition cruise to the heart of the spectacular Seychelles, with opportunities for diving and snorkelling among the colourful coral reefs and stunning marine life

  • Fjords and Glaciers of Spitsbergen

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    Longyearbyen 7 Nights Fly Cruise from £6890pp UK - Longyearbyen (Norway, Spitsbergen), Hornsund, Bellsund, At Sea, Makeoyane - Monaco Glacier, Raudfjorden - Smeerenburg, Ny-Alesund - Kongsfjorden, Longyearbyen - UK

    Discover the majestic fjords and breath-taking glaciers of the Land of the Polar Bear on this luxury 7-night fly-cruise onboard stylish megayachts. Return flights from the UK included.

  • Adventure in Madagascar

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    Seascape Near Nosy Be Island Northern Madagascar 15 Nights Cruise Only from £7520pp Save up to 25%! Port Louis, Pointe des Galets, Nosy Ve, Sarodrano, Tuléar, Belo sur Mer, Majunga (Mahajanga), Nosy Tanikely - Nosy Komba, Nosy Hara, La Digue, Victoria, Mahé, At Sea

    PONANT invites you on an expedition cruise in the Indian Ocean to discover "the island continent" of Madagascar.

  • Emblematic Antarctica

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    Chinstrap Penguins 11 Nights Cruise Only from £9150pp Save up to 25% PLUS free flights or no single supplement! Fly-cruise now from just £9260pp! Buenos Aires (Argentina) - Ushuaia, Drake Passage, Antarctic Peninsula (Antarctica), Drake Passage, Ushuaia (Argentina) - Buenos Aires

    Embark on a thrilling polar adventure to the heart of the Antarctic Peninsula, renowned for its incredible scenery and diverse wildlife, on this luxury expedition voyage. Includes pre-cruise hotel stay and charter flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia

  • The Great Austral Loop

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    Antarctica scenery 16 Nights Cruise Only from £15680pp Buenos Aires (Argentina), Buenos Aires - Ushuaia, New Island - Grave Cove (Falklands), Gold Harbour - Fortuna Bay - Salisbury Plain (South Georgia), Antarctic Peninsula (Antarctica), Drake Passage, Ushuaia (Argentina) - Buenos Aires (Argentina)

    Discover the wild beauty of the rugged Falkland Islands, meet the colonies of king penguins on South Georgia and admire the majestic icebergs of the Antarctic Peninsula on this unique 16-night luxury expedition voyage. Includes flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia

  • Transarctic - The Quest for the Two North Poles

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    Le Commandant Charcot
    Ponant ship, Le Commandant Charcot breaking the ice 20 Nights Cruise Only from £38370pp Book now and Save 30%! Nome, Alaska, Cruising Beaufort Sea, Geographic North Pole, Cruising Beaufort Sea, Magnetic North Pole, Navigating through the sea ice, Nordaust-Svalbard Nature Reserve, Sailing in the Hinlopen Strait, Søraust-Svalbard Nature Reserve, Hornsund, Isfjorden, Longyearbyen

    Be among the first people in the world to undertake a transarctic crossing and set off in search of the Geographic and Magnetic North Poles, following in the wake of the pioneers of polar exploration.

  • Ocean Voyage: Dunedin - Hobart

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    Le Laperouse
    Dunedin South Island 4 Nights Cruise Only from £1100pp Dunedin, Hobart, Tasmania
  • Ocean Voyage: Hobart - Lyttelton

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    Le Laperouse
    Dove Lake and Cradle Mountain 5 Nights Cruise Only from £1630pp Hobart, Tasmania, Lyttelton

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  • 7 ships including 6 new megayachts with 264 guests, 139 crew members
  • 'Green Ships' with Ice Classification for expedition cruising
  • Most cabins with balconies
  • 24-hour room service
  • French gourmet cuisine and wine with meals
  • Open bar
  • Choice of open-seating restaurants
  • Sophisticated French design and interiors
  • Carita Spa
  • Themed cruises and entertainment
  • Elegant casual wear in evenings
  • Unlimited complimentary Wi-Fi on board


Ponant offers an excellent selection of voyages, with something to suit everyone. Explore the beautiful islands of the Caribbean with their colourful coral reefs and abundance of natural wonders or discover the sun-drenched ports of the Mediterranean which is home to some of the world’s greatest architectural treasures. Uncover the rich history and culture of Asia, a captivating continent or voyage to the mighty Antarctic to admire the dramatic scenery and see the unique wildlife.


Ponant’s expedition cruises explore dream locations off the beaten track such as exotic islands and secret coves which are not accessible to larger cruise ships, whilst the specially-designed Ice Class ships explore remote destinations without sacrificing the luxury which is the signature of Ponant Cruises.

Ponant offers once-in-a-lifetime voyages, giving guests the opportunity to get up close to wildlife and visit remote settlements, without sacrificing comfort and luxury. These special voyages are accompanied by an experienced team of naturalist guides and include regular Zodiac excursions, allowing guests to enjoy exceptional encounters. Follow in the footsteps of great explorers on an expedition to the Arctic, home to an abundance of wildlife, from polar bears to orcas or head south to Antarctica, the White Continent, with its majestic icebergs, colonies of penguins and former whaling stations. Discover the volcanic Kamtchatka Peninsula on a unique journey to the unspoiled Russian Far East or explore the dramatic landscapes of Alaska and Eastern Siberia.

Tropical expedition cruises explore the distant lands of Tasmania and the Kimberley, one of the last wilderness frontiers of the world, and the exotic islands of the Indian Ocean. The mysterious archipelagos of Oceania, from Vanuatu to the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea, have been inhabited for millennia by indigenous tribes, and these warm and welcoming communities will share their way of life with you during your time ashore.

Ponant and National Geographic have joined forces on selected itineraries to offer unique and enriching expedition cruises to the world’s most intriguing destinations. A National Geographic expert and photographer join each voyage to share their knowledge and passion, enriching the expedition experience through fascinating presentations and informal discussions.


Ponant have launched a fleet of Explorer-class ships - Le Champlain (2018), Le Laperouse (2018), Le Bougainville (2019), Le Durmont D'Urville (2019), Le Bellot (2020) and Le Jaques Cartier (2020). These cutting-edge ships carry just 184 passengers and have been designed for expedition cruising in both polar and tropical waters. They feature the latest innovative technology including a multi-sensory underwater lounge called Blue Eye, where guests can enjoy a truly immersive experience. These ships also have a hydraulic platform allowing easy access into the zodiacs.

Le Commandant Charcot (2020) has been specially designed for the polar regions, and features hybrid propulsion to minimise its environmental impact. It carries 270 guests in 135 spacious cabins.

Le Boreal (2010), L’Austral (2011), Le Soleal (2013) and Le Lyrial (2015) are luxurious megayachts carrying up to 264 passengers in spacious cabins. Every ship has a choice of superb dining venues, a theatre for lectures and live entertainment and a fitness centre. In addition, they are Ice Class ships which means they are fully equipped to sail in Polar waters and carry Zodiacs to allow up-close encounters on expedition voyages. The company is committed to the protection of marine and coastal environments, and these latest additions to their fleet qualify for the proposed 'Green Ship' standard.

Le Ponant is a beautiful three-masted sailing ship carrying just 64 passengers. This wonderul ship offers itineraries to the Caribbean, Mediterranean and Cape Verde Islands.

In line with Ponant's philosophy of discovery and enjoyment, selected cruises have lectures and activities around themes including art, literature, classical music and food and wine.

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